Originally Posted by Stu_Strib
According to Paul Simon, the song was done, and Gadd made it up during the session. It blew everyone away, and then the song was retweaked to fit the pattern even better. So finally, a drummer other than Neil Peart, having a profound effect on song writing!
I think there's plenty who do. Danny Carey is clearly a big influence on Tool's songwriting, likewise most prog drummers. Similarly, "Take Five" was originally written as a solo showpiece for Joe Morello, and Tony Williams and Elvin Jones had clear and obvious influence on the ways that Miles and Trane approached relating to the rhythm section.... I think the list could be virtually endless. It would be hard to be in a band with somebody as amazing as most of the people on Drummerworld and fail to be influenced in some way by their playing, IMHO.